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To bring patients closer with nature, the architects created an organic cross-shaped hospital building that wraps around a lush central courtyard. In contrast to traditional high-rise hospitals, the New North Zealand Hospital will be low-rise with a soft and flowing shape to help bring the massive campus down to an inviting human scale. Paths crisscross the interior courtyard to provide fast internal connections between opposite sides of the building. A large garden will also be installed on the hospital roof.

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“Herzog & de Meuron have designed a patient-centred hospital – a beautiful, healing and functional building that supports our patients’ recovery in the best possible way,” said hospital director Bente Ourø Rørth to Dezeen. “The hospital’s great strength is its highly successful and fundamental fusion of form and function.” The hospital will be completed in 2020 and will serve 24 medical departments and provide over 660 beds.

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